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The Mathewson School of Education

Master of Science in Elementary Childhood Education


The Mathewson School of Education’s Master of Science (M.S.) program in Elementary Education is designed to prepare students for careers that play essential roles to the solution of important educational problems, either through theoretical research or applied pedagogy. Our carefully selected concentration at the Master of Science level reflects demands of today’s dynamic and ever-changing job market in the field of elementary education and early childhood pedagogy. Our M.S. program in Elementary Education places emphases on the following subfields of education: adolescent behavior, culture responsive education, human development, philosophy of education, teaching methods in humanities, teaching methods in math and sciences, and the role of diversity in American pedagogic culture.
Considering the ultimate ends of elementary childhood education, – nurturing children of tender age into the future generations of good, valued and esteemed citizens, – we take especial care to prepare educated, knowledgeable and understanding elementary school teachers. Our goal is to help the future educators work closely with the leading scholars in education, and gradually develop their own methodologies and approaches to early childhood pedagogy. The Mathewson School of Education’s M.S. programs are designed to create differentiated learning experiences required for success in the 21st century education.


Students who complete five courses, but do not finish the entire curriculum in order to meet graduation requirements for the M.S. degree, and decide to drop out of the program, nevertheless will be awarded a Graduate Certificate instead. In order to earn the Graduate Certificate the student must complete three of the principal courses and two courses either from the concentration or the electives.


The Mathewson School of Education offers more than just the traditional online experience. It combines in-class seminars and examinations with online guidance. It provides its M.S. students with valuable extra-curricular opportunities to exchange ideas with expert educators, participate in international pedagogic seminars and debates, and attend the ESAP – the European Study Abroad Program of Georgian International University which gives our students unique opportunities to study, as well as teach in Europe, and receive full certifications and dual degrees from premier European academic institutions. Although attending the ESAP is not mandatory in this program, it is highly recommended. The ESAP will provide unique opportunities to learn different perspectives on pedagogy and exchange ideas in the global community of teachers and educators.


*Tuition is based on credit hours and is calculated as $US 250.00 per credit hour

Principle Course Credits
EDU 500 Philosophy of Education 3
EDE 500 Effective Classroom Management Strategies 3
EDU 530 Methods of Teaching 3
EDE 520 Social Studies in Elementary Education 3
EDE 510 Integrating Creativity and Arts in Curriculum 3
EDU 510 History of American Education 3
Concentration Courses Credits
EDE 530 Child and Adolescent Behavior 3
EDE 535 Human Development: Family, School, Society 3
EDE 540 Culturally Responsive Education 3
EDE 560 Teacher as a Leader 3
EDE 550 Supervision in the Elementary School 3
EDE 580 The Middle School Child 3
EDE 599 Theories and Trends in the Language Arts 3
EDU 560 Teaching Methods in Humanities 3
EDU 570 Teaching Methods in Math and Science 3
Total Credits & Tuition Cost 45 $11,250.00


We admit M.S. students on a quarterly basis. The Mathewson School of Education welcomes international students, as well as transfer students from reputable schools of good academic standing into its M.S. programs.


  1. A transcript(s) with undergraduate GPA of 3.0, or instead a Graduate Record Exam (GRE) test score of 550 on the verbal and 600 on the quantitative portion. In some cases Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) may be also acceptable.
  2. Two Letters of Recommendation from the school(s) previously attended.
  3. TOEFL score for international students.


6 Education Credits

Prior undergraduate or graduate courses in which a grade of B- or higher was attained can be used to meet the prerequisites of the program. Areas in which the student does not have prior coursework can have the necessary requirements met by taking the following foundation courses at Georgian International University:

EDU 350 – Introduction to Pedagogy
EDU 360 – American History

Truly exceptional applicants, who do not meet the enrollment requirements, still may be considered for the program. They must be interviewed in person and evaluated by the Graduate Committee. Taking additional prerequisite courses will be a part of the provisional admission. Prospective applicants must take under consideration that the university rarely makes such exceptions.